Over 500 journalists were laid off in January 2024 alone

February 01, 2024

And, less than a year after it launched, The Messenger shut down “effective immediately” on Wednesday, leaving its journalists without a job. Throughout the month, journalists’ timelines on X, formerly known as Twitter, were filled with posts from fellow journalists who had been laid off by their employers and were unsure of what their next job would be. The LA Times cut more than 70 positions in June and The Washington Post eliminated 240 jobs through a voluntary separation package in October. The LA Times cuts are “gutting our Washington bureau in an election year,” union Chair Brian Contreras said in a statement. “A lot of the diverse staff members who’ve been hired in recent years have borne the brunt of these recent rounds of layoffs,” Franklin said.